I believe that God created the earth in six literal days, just as the first chapter of Genesis says. The scientific “evidence” that supposedly contradicts the Bible’s account is based on the belief that all the natural processes we see today have always been going on and there has never been any divine intervention in the operation of the universe. This belief is such a pervasive part of our culture that even Christians have accepted it and have tried to interpret the first part of Genesis to accommodate it. I have written several posts in support of the biblical view and the Recommended Sites page has links to sites that support it.
I have recently learned of a blog called apolojedi.com. It contains a post called Creation Manifesto which I consider to be one of the most complete summaries of the biblical and scientific arguments in favor of the Bible’s creation account. The main part is made up of links to others posts on the blog. My previous post contains a link to the manifesto but I think the subject is important enough to merit a post of its own.
Here are some things the author says in the introduction.
Tell me if you’ve heard this before, “Could God have used evolution as his creative mechanism?”
I have had several friends tell me that the evolutionary origins story is compatible with the whole biblical narrative and that there is no need to reject the evolutionary story. I would like to take on that claim and analyze it against God’s Word and later against some scientific observations.
The purpose for writing this manifesto is this:
- Define evolution and look at its history / intent
- Look at scripture to see if (as a whole) it can accommodate evolution. If not, what are the implications of trying to dissolve evolution into the biblical narrative?
- Look at the scientific reasons why evolution might not be on as solid ground as we’ve been led to believe.
Not only is the acceptance of evolutionary thought unnecessary for Christians, but it is dangerous. The acceptance of the evolutionary origins story within the Christian church will erase the conviction of the historicity/truth of God’s Word. If the foundations of scripture (established in Genesis) can be marginalized as mythical or poetic, why should we not also be able to reinterpret doctrinal and historical scriptures to match the latest cultural/societal/scientific paradigms? For example, as homosexuality becomes more and more acceptable in today’s culture, it is feasible (seeing how pliable Genesis has been redefined) to expect Christian churches to ordain homosexual ministers. This is already happening in Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Anglican churches. So the battle for the integrity of God’s Word is not just about Genesis, but about the historicity/veracity of the Bible.
The battle of creation/evolution has been waged on many fronts and in many forums. Can my entry into the fray make a difference? My tiny blog may not turn the tide of the many battles, but for those who get a chance to read the following Manifesto, I hope that:
- Non-Christians come to faith in Jesus because they see that they can trust God’s Word.
- Christians are encouraged to trust God’s Word as cohesive and foundational.
- Christians are persuaded not to compromise the clear teachings of scripture simply to accommodate the currently popular paradigm and avoid falling into apostasy.
- Everyone is encouraged to study God’s Word for themselves and grow closer to the Creator.
The intended audience of this manifesto is brothers and sisters in Christ who are unsure of the Biblical teachings regarding origins, Christians who purposefully incorporate the evolutionary story into their worldview, and non-Christians who have categorically dismissed the teachings of the Bible because of the belief that the Bible conflicts with modern science. I have sincerely tried to remove wording that would be inflammatory, and my hope is that this presentation will instead be persuasive in order to help bring unity to Christians.